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Chinese tourist remains missing, 3 days into search

Coastguard officers work on finding a Chinese tourist reported missing from a tourist safari at Kandooma Thila on August 18, 2019. (Photo/MNDF)

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) reports no progress has been made in the search to find the Chinese tourist who went missing from a safari at Kandooma Thila on Sunday.

The missing tourist, identified as a 41-year-old Chinese woman, was one of 22 tourists who travelled to the Kandooma Thila on safari OCA M 7S. She was reported missing after she failed to surface after her dive at 1:09 pm on Sunday, August 18.

A team of divers from the MNDF Male’ Area Coastguard Squadron and Coastguard ship Shaheed Ali has been mobilized for the search operation.

The missing Chinese tourist was last seen wearing a red rash guard suit, white fins, and a black buoyancy control device.

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